Woman Stood Regardless (Introduction)

Welcome to "Woman Stood Regardless" - my company's new full-length work to premiere at the Project Arts Centre (Space Upstairs) April 4th & 5th,  the Firkin Crane (Cork) April 6th and Siamsa Tire (Tralee) April 11th.

The piece is a culmination of almost a year's research and was inspired by the true stories of remarkable women I had the privilege of working with at a women's support group at North & East Kerry Development. I initially met the women while working on the “Heroines in our Midst” project, where working with myself and writer, Niamh Byrne, the women explored their personal stories through writing and movement culminating in an evenings's performance of monologues and dance.

Struck by the intensity of what these women have been through in their lives, it left me asking the question "What makes people get back up when everything has fallen apart?" Their honesty, vulnerability and rawness, their resilience and determination in dealing with their afflictions, touched deep, and sat with me for a long time after. It set me on a path of inquiry to find truths we all can relate to from their intensely personal stories and has manifested in this new dance work. With an all female cast of four powerful international dancers: Deirdre Griffin, Ivonne Kalter, Lucia Kickham and Mariam Ribon, Woman Stood Regardless explores the depths of what the human condition can endure in a life-time, to find out what fuels us to keep going, to get back up?

Woman Stood Regardless is funded by The Arts Council, Kerry County Council & Siamsa Tire and supported by Dance Limerick, Dance Ireland, The Project Arts Centre and The Firkin Crane.

[Banner photos: Luca Truffarelli]